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I've bought me a second hand ST and am trading in as a part ex my current car
Garage is telling me I need to get the V5 car document corrected to original plate number before I hand car into them - is this correct ? I thought this could be done by them upon receipt ?
frustrating as it's delaying me getting new motor !

be grateful if anyone knows the correct procedure !?

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You should get the plate taken off before you hand it over as the legal title will pass to them as soon as they get the log book and unless they are very nice, they wont let you have it back!
 

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Hello Mate

By the sounds of it the garage doesn't want to pick up the cost of removing the cherised plate and getting a normal reg put back on the vehicle, (think its about £105 but dont quote me on that) . As they probably feel they can sell a car more easy without a private plate on.

To be honest they are not doing anything untoward by asking you to get the normal reg put back on.

Sorry couldn't give any better news mate
 

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I've had dealers swap a plate from a trade-in over to a car I was purchasing.

I've done this on a trade-in against a brand new car, and on a trade-in against a "nearly new".

The brand-new car was obviously first registered with the personalised plate. As such, I drove to the dealer with my trade-in (displaying my personal plate) and drove away with the new car (also displaying my personal plate).

This is probably not technically legal - although I suspect (given the REAMS of paperwork I had on me on both journeys), the police would have to have been VERY bored to pursue a prosecution.

The various dealers have always done the paperwork quickly and efficiently, and charged me no more than I would have had to pay directly to the DVLA had I done the change myself.

In fact, you want to be able to transfer the plate to the new car directly. By placing the plate on retention (instead of transferring directly), I believe it costs you slightly more in the long run.

Lee RS would be better suited to answer this question - he's bought more plates than I've had hot dinners....


I suspect the dealer concerned in this case simply doesn't want to be bothered with the paperwork chore - or is unsure of the procedure himself. Given the dealers reluctance to do it, I would be inclined to not press the point and do it myself. At least then you know it's been done correctly. The potential for "losing" the plate is ever present - you don't want the dealers apathy to be the cause of you losing your personal plate.
 

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I would advise going in person or contacting your local DVLA office and puting your plate on retention,the last time I done this the cost was £105(£80 transfer fee + £25 for 1 year retention) then when you have the new car there is no cost to assign your cherished plate to your new car


That way you have piece of mind that the dealer will not try to retain your cherished number when the trade in car is legally in their possesion


I have 3 cherished plates and would not take the risk of ever losing ownership of any by doing a trade in


Also remember to inform your insurance company when any tranfer is done as they will update your car details on your policy and probably charge you a £15 admin fee
 

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thanks alot for all the answers

what would be the case if I sold the car private and didnt trade in - what issues would i face there ?
damn personal plates more hassle than they are worth !!!
 

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QUOTE(THEEGGMAN @ 12 Nov 2009, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>thanks alot for all the answers

what would be the case if I sold the car private and didnt trade in - what issues would i face there ?
damn personal plates more hassle than they are worth !!!


Your path of least resistance (in both cases) would simply to put your cherished plate on retention.

Your old car would be assigned a new log book and registration, allowing you to sell the car (either privately or trade-in).

When you get your new car, you can then assign your private plate to the new car.

It's a long winded way of doing it, and will cost you a bit more than a direct transfer, and will delay you getting your new car.

However, given the dealer is obviously not willing to play ball it would appear your only option to guarantee retention of your plate.

Obviously, there is nothing stopping you trading in (or selling the car) with the private plate still on it - you'd just lose it.
 

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QUOTE(THEEGGMAN @ 12 Nov 2009, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>thanks alot for all the answers

what would be the case if I sold the car private and didnt trade in - what issues would i face there ?
damn personal plates more hassle than they are worth !!!


Cant see any issue with leaving the cherised plate on if your going to sell the car through private sale and you dont want to keep the plate. Just make sure the for sale advertisement states plate being sold with car or being left on car etc etc. Then when its sold just fill out the relevant sections of the V5 as you would normally
 

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QUOTE(Lee RS @ 12 Nov 2009, 04:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Cant see any issue with leaving the cherised plate on if your going to sell the car through private sale and you dont want to keep the plate. Just make sure the for sale advertisement states plate being sold with car or being left on car etc etc. Then when its sold just fill out the relevant sections of the V5 as you would normally


ok so for me to keep my plate I have to put it on retention - then put new plates with original number onto car before selling it - trading in
my god what a carry on!
 

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QUOTE(THEEGGMAN @ 12 Nov 2009, 04:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>ok so for me to keep my plate I have to put it on retention - then put new plates with original number onto car before selling it - trading in
my god what a carry on!
To be honest I do not think it is a hassle...although I don't change my car very often


I think to have to pay £25 every year just to keep a plate on retention or retain the right to use the reg when you wish is a total con


Also not being able to transfer a plate from a car that is SORN'd is personally even more annoying but that is another subject altogether
 

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The dealer is not very good just changed mine and the dealer did all the paper work to change the plates over took about 2weeks and is £80
 

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Hi guys,

Apologies in advance if this is a silly question!

I'm hoping to get a personal plate put on the
soon, I've got one eyed up and ready to buy, my question was just regarding the existing road tax on the vehicle. When you get the registration changed, do you have to refund the existing tax upto a certain month, then buy a new tax disc or do the DVLA issue you with a new replacement tax disc with your new registration from a certain date, what exactly happens?

Many thanks in advance for you help!


James
 

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When you apply for the change of registration the form asks you for details of the current tax disc. A replacement is then sent to you with an envelope for you to return the original.
 

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QUOTE(hjcrichard @ 20 Jan 2010, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>When you apply for the change of registration the form asks you for details of the current tax disc. A replacement is then sent to you with an envelope for you to return the original.

Thank you very much!
 

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QUOTE(jamesmakin2002 @ 19 Jan 2010, 10:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi guys,

Apologies in advance if this is a silly question!

I'm hoping to get a personal plate put on the
soon, I've got one eyed up and ready to buy, my question was just regarding the existing road tax on the vehicle. When you get the registration changed, do you have to refund the existing tax upto a certain month, then buy a new tax disc or do the DVLA issue you with a new replacement tax disc with your new registration from a certain date, what exactly happens?

Many thanks in advance for you help!


James

if you go in the dvla office in person to transfer the plate ONTO the car, they will give you a new tax disk there and then.
 

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QUOTE(Glenster @ 20 Jan 2010, 07:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>if you go in the dvla office in person to transfer the plate ONTO the car, they will give you a new tax disk there and then.

Yep, that's what they did with mine
 
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